Security is a top priority for any responsible business, but it’s usually focused on cyber threats and data breaches. While these are, of course, important, so too are the safety and security of your company’s valued staff.
Are you doing all you can to create a safe work environment? By introducing these 5 innovative tech approaches to workplace safety and security, you’ll boost employee morale, and provide a more welcoming place to conduct business.
Virtual & Augmented Reality
Forewarned is forearmed, and this is especially true of workplace safety. In an emergency, be it due to a natural disaster, a workplace accident, or criminal activity, chaos can quickly ensue. Prevent this by equipping staff with the skills they need to handle emergencies.
Many computer majors don’t require math but give you skills to implement AI, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Regular simulations are key for boosting employee confidence in security breach situations. Use programming/software to create virtual simulations for different possible emergencies, and use VR for interactive simulations.
Thanks to their real-world feel, they will best prepare staff for emergency responses in real-world scenarios.
But virtual safety training simulations also prepare staff for possible workplace incidents while performing hazardous jobs, through augmented reality safety instructions and guidance. Remote assistance and collaboration can also be provided through virtual reality and AI.
Drones & Robotics
Are commercial drones the way of the future? It certainly seems that way.
No longer relegated solely to the realm of military use, drones can be used by corporations for various purposes. Surveillance drones and workforce-assisting robotics can be used for safety and security in many ways.
Sensitive package deliveries, monitoring premises, and even detecting safety hazards are just a few examples. Industrial applications are even more promising.
Robotic exoskeletons can reduce worker strain and on-the-job injuries. And autonomous robots handle hazardous tasks like cleaning up chemical spills.
But whichever industry you are in, drones and robotics have a role to play. They facilitate the automation and smooth running of your business processes and keep your workforce safe.
Implementing Access Control Systems
One of the simplest ways to improve safety and security at your company is with access control systems, and visitor management software makes it easy to implement.
This allows you to monitor visitors to the work premises, as well as track employees’ movements. Card readers or biometric scanners restrict access to sensitive areas to authorized personnel only.
Unscheduled deliveries are stopped right at the door.
The right software allows you to generate reports on the number of visitors and who they were. You’ll have control over who enters and exits and a record that can be used as evidence in any future disputes.
The reception area thus becomes a calm, safe, and stress-free environment thanks to the streamlining of checking in. And even more importantly, both staff and visiting clients will see that you’re on top of your security game.
Using AI-Powered Cameras
The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity is a trend that is shaping the future of workplace cybersecurity. However, despite your organization’s best efforts, there’s always the risk of unauthorized physical entry or criminal activity. These are sad realities that every company faces.
So, take safety and security a step further with AI-powered cameras that utilize facial recognition.
These cameras can also be used for license plate recognition in the company parking lot. Anomaly detection software will identify potential threats to the security of your business and the safety of your staff.
Security personnel can be alerted in real-time, leading to swift and appropriate action. There may be some initial reluctance to this security measure, so you must handle its introduction the right way.
Be sure to inform employees that this will be implemented at a staff meeting before the time. Explain how these cameras will help to create a safe and secure workplace for everyone.
Implementing Wearable Technology
Cybersecurity awareness training is one of the top cybersecurity practices to protect against future security threats. But cybersecurity is not the only threat facing businesses.
That’s why an innovative approach to workplace safety is to use technology at an individual level.
Wearable technology like smartwatches and smart glasses, will sync with your security software for a more comprehensive approach. These smart technology devices make it even easier to monitor staff movements and keep them safe.
It will not only helps you pinpoint everyone’s whereabouts in an emergency but also allows the collection of data for analysis afterwards.
Be sure to stress the safety and security aspects of such wearable devices to your staff, as they may be hesitant to use them at first.
Also ensure that everyone understands exactly how to use these devices, and how tech wearables can keep them safe.